French Provencal fabric. Depicting traditional colors and designs. Patterns that use to be hand-blocked using natural pigments of the region in shades of red, blue, yellow and green.
French Provencal early nineteen century traditional day wear costume. Varied small printed fabrics. Designs mainly of miniature bouquets, floral and paisleys. Quilted cotton, layers upon layers. Pocket purse attached at waist.
Note: Small pleats on the antique cape, and the scarf wrapped tightly around the bodice of the blouse, then tucked firmly at the waist.
Lavender bottles or wands (called "quenouilles de lavande" or "fuseaux," in French, thanks Marie Noelle for the answer.) used to scent chest of drawers and armoires.
Varied antique French Provencal "boutis" quilts. Folded with care. Rare Indian blues. This collection dates late eighteen century to the early nineteen century.
Photos: Taken at Michel Biehn shop in Isle sur la Sorgue.
Eighteen century French painting depicting women and children from the market place wearing traditional Provencal clothing. (Photo taken at the museum in Arles.)
Antique French santons (nativity scene characters) in traditional Provencal clothing. Quilted skirts, apron, scarves, and purse pocket.
Photo: 18th century Provencal boutis from my personal collection.